Lionel P. Camara (blue studio shot)

Lionel Phillips Camara

(November 7, 1913 - July 10, 2006)

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July 15, 2006 Memorial Service Transcripts

Eulogy (LJC)

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Track 07: 1 Cor. 15:35-58


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I'm gonna read from 1 Corinthians 15:35.

The Resurrection Body
35But someone may ask, "How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?" 36How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. 38But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. 39All flesh is not the same: Men have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another. 40There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies;  but the splendor of the heavenly bod- ies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another. 41The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another;  and star differs from star in splendor. 
     42So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is per- ishable, it is raised imperishable; 43it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. 
     If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45So it is written: "The first man Adam became a living being"t; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 46The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. 47The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven. 48As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth;  and as is the man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. 49And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall weu bear the likeness of the man from heaven.
     50I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51Listen, I tell you a mys- tery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed-- 52in a flash, in the twin- kling of an eye, at the last trumpet.  For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality,  then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory."v
          55"Where, O death, is your victory?
               Where, O death, is your sting?"w
56The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57But thanks be to God!  He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
     58Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord,  because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 
t45 Gen. 2:7    u49 Some early manuscripts so let us    v54 Isaiah 25:8    w55 Hosea 13:14

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By this point I was really falling apart so I didn't bother to try to say the number of the verse I was ending at.

I read from my NIV Life Application Study Bible (from Costco - the best $20-30 I ever spent). I like having all the charts, maps, and notes right there with the scripture. I don't agree theologically with everything that's said in the notes, and I even found an error in one of the tables (about the Hebrew months), but as long as you remember that commentary and "helps" are not scripture, I highly recommend that you get one. I copied the scripture above from and tried to format it as it appears in my Bible, and I (of-course) left out my stutter.